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SES2201 Health, Exercise and Sport Assessment

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Health Exercise & Sport Assess
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 069903 - Human Movement
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Dean Mills


Pre-requisite: BIO1203 and SES1002
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: BIO1206 and SES1299

Other requisites

There are no requisites for this course.


This course is practically oriented and utilises knowledge and skills developed from a range of related disciplines relevant to health, exercise and sport. The main focus of the course will be for students to develop knowledge and skills to be able to competently conduct a range of specified health and exercise related assessments and to be able to calibrate, maintain and effectively use testing equipment. The ability to conduct both clinical and field testing of a range of people in the population who are engaged in, or seek to be involved in, physical activity is important to health and exercise related professionals such as sports trainers, coaches, sports scientists and physical educators. The ability of sport and exercise professionals to perform, based on best practice, a range of health and fitness tests for elite athletes and other population groups is also an important requirement for employment in the area. Overall, the course seeks to ensure a high level of competency in the safe conduct of a range of health, sport and exercise assessments.


This course provides knowledge and skills in relation to the type, care and use of health and exercise assessment equipment. It provides the opportunity to safely conduct a range of assessments, record and analyse results and report the findings. The course will also outline the interaction of theoretical and practical aspects related to exercise and sport assessment and the role of research from various disciplines.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain the nature and purpose of health and exercise assessments and outline and analyse the appropriate processes associated with risk assessment and client information (such as medical history).
  2. Identify and evaluate the relationship between health and exercise and sports related assessments and the issues associated with both areas.
  3. Outline the use, purpose and care of health and exercise assessment equipment and explain and justify the purpose, limitations etc. of the various types of tests to clients.
  4. Apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently conduct assessments for clients from various populations (such as elite athletes and children) and prioritise and effectively communicate the results to clients.
  5. Integrate evidence based research knowledge and skills from various discipline areas and formulate plans related to action research in the workplace.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of health, exercise and sport assessment: Relationship to areas of exercise science and health (e.g., exercise physiology). Definitions of fitness and review of components. Measurement of different components of health and fitness. Influence of various factors on results. Abnormal ECG. Types and purposes of testing. Health and fitness for various populations and modifications required (including Indigenous Australians). Nature of hypokinetic diseases. Health and fitness evaluation guidelines. Medical supervision. Bio-instrumentation – types testing equipment and use, calibration and care. Sport-related assessment. Safety and testing (including first aid and resuscitation). Testing in rehabilitation. Applied sporting examples. 30.00
2. Health and fitness evaluation: Health assessment and fitness evaluation. Testing equipment and recording. Pre-exercise screening and risk appraisal. Testing and various populations – need for modifications. Health assessment (e.g., blood pressure, body composition, ECG) and components of fitness testing (e.g., aerobic, anaerobic, strength). Field and laboratory testing. Criteria for exercise termination. Evaluation of various types of assessments. Correct use of equipment in testing (e.g., weights). Recording, analysing and reporting results. 40.00
3. Sport-related assessment: Sports related testing of health and fitness components. Laboratory and field testing with individuals and groups. Sport and/or activity specific testing. Various exercise regimes and sports. Different populations such as children, aged, disability etc. Testing effectiveness of technology or equipment (e.g., ice vests, game performance tracking). Rehabilitation assessment. Specialised testing (e.g., fatigue, sweating and fluid loss). Strength testing. Research testing (e.g., diet and performance, recovery, detraining). Sports specific testing and game based techniques – including design of tests. Recording, analysing and reporting results. 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Coombes, J. & Skinner, T 2014, ESSA student manual for health, exercise and sport assessment, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Carling, C., Reilly, T. & Williams, A.M 2008, Performance assessment for field sports. Physiological, psychological and match notational assessment in practice, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.
Haff, G. & Dumke, C 2018, Laboratory manual for exercise physiology, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Heyward, V.H 2014, Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription, 7th edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Kaminsky, L.A 2017, ACSM's Health-related physical fitness assessment manual, 5th edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Laboratory 20.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 51.00
Tutorials 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
OSCE Practical Test 1 20 20 19 Aug 2019 (see note 1)
Lab - Participation and Attend 1 1 21 Sep 2019 (see note 2)
OSCE Practical Test 2 40 40 25 Oct 2019 (see note 3)
Examination 39 39 End S2 (see note 4)

  1. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. On-campus students are to attend weekly practical/workshop sessions and will be assessed during laboratories. External students will be assessed during the mandatory residential school.
  2. Students must attend 80% of the laboratory classes.
  3. Special information sessions relating to the assessment item will be scheduled. On-campus students are to attend weekly practical/workshop sessions and will be assessed during laboratories. External students will be assessed during the mandatory residential school.
  4. This will be a Restricted examination. The total working time for the examination (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. It is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete each practical test a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for each item. To satisfactorily complete the examination a student must achieve at least 40% of the marks for the exam. To satisfactorily complete the course a student must attend and participate at least 80% of the laboratories.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency), i.e. each practical test by attempting that assessment item and attending 80% of the residential schools/laboratories and must have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the marks available for that assessment item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    RESTRICTED: Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    2. calculators which cannot hold textual information
    3. unmarked non electronic English language dictionary (but not technical dictionary).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

  6. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.

2. forms part of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise program and is benchmarked against the

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  2. professional accreditation standards of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students undertaking this course in external mode will be expected to attend a residential school to completed practical aspects related to the course. This will involve 30 hours of necessary practical work over a four day period to successfully complete the course. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.